Joanne Potter has more than 15 years of experience in climate change, adaptation, mitigation, and sustainability. She manages the U.S. Agency for International Development's (USAID) Climate Resilient Infrastructure Services (CRIS) program. She has supported development of USAID's first federal adaptation plan under Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) guidelines and the World Bank's (WB) sectoral guidance for staff to screen road projects in developing countries for climate risk. Ms. Potter has also worked with the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) Strategic Environmental Research and Development Program to identify policy considerations regarding climate change risks on coastal military installations.
Ms. Potter has led national studies addressing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from mobile sources, including the U.S. Department of Transportation's (USDOT) Report to Congress on Transportation's Impact on Climate Change and Solutions and Moving Cooler: An Analysis of Transportation Strategies for Reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions. She was a lead author of The Impacts of Climate Change and Variability on Transportation Systems and Infrastructure: Gulf Coast Study (Phase I), and she supported USDOT in establishing the DOT Center for Climate Change and Environmental Forecasting.
Ms. Potter has a master's degree in City Planning from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a B.A. from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.